On 12 November 2015, the Honourable Attorney-General for
the State of Queensland introduced the Tackling Alcohol-Fuelled
Violence Legislation Amendment Bill 2015, which supports the
Government's comprehensive policy framework aimed at changing
the culture around drinking, promoting responsible drinking
practices and ensuring a safer environment.
The Bill makes numerous amendments to the Liquor Act
1992 to stop the sale and supple of alcohol at 2.00am
state-wide, with no lockout except in certain prescribed safe night
precincts. New liquor trading hours will commence on 1 July
The amendments will provide for safe night precincts to be
prescribed by regulation to allow for 3.00am liquor trading with a
1.00am lockout following a thorough consultation and application
process. If the local boards do not wish their precinct to be
subject to the lockout, they may opt to remain a 2.00am precinct.
If a 3.00am safe night precinct is declared, licensees who
currently have approval from liquor trading until 3.00am or later
will automatically be approved to sell or supply liquor until
3.00am from 1 July 2016. However, licensees without extended liquor
trading hours approval for the venue will still be required to
apply individually for approval for liquor trading up to 3.00am
through usual late-night liquor trading application processes. The
lockout provisions will apply to all post 1.00am liquor traders in
It is intended that licensees will be able to stay open beyond
the hours of liquor service to provide other services, such as
food, non-alcoholic beverages and entertainment. New provisions
commencing on 1 July 2016 will remove the linkage of gaming hours
to liquor consumption hours. Gaming applications will be able to be
approved for a period of up to 2 hours after the cessation of the
service of liquor at the licenced premises. This will allow gaming
services up to 5.00am in the prescribed safe night precincts and
4.00am outside of prescribed safe night precincts upon approval.
Furthermore, amendments in the Bill enable licensees that offer
gaming and adult entertainment to continue to provide those
activities for the duration of the approved gaming and adult
entertainment hours in effect immediately prior to 1 July 2016.
Despite the wind back of liquor trading hours on 1 July 2016.
The Bill amends the Liquor Act in so far as:
To prohibit new approvals for the sale of take away liquor
after 10:00pm. From 10 November 2015, any late night extended
trading applications for take away sales that were still with the
Commissioner for determination are void. No new applications can be
accepted. These amendments do not apply to existing trading
approvals for take away liquor. Licensees who currently have
approval to sell or supply take away liquor to 12 midnight may
continue to do so.
To allow a regulation to be declared to ban the service of
high-alcohol content drinks and alcoholic beverages designed to be
consumed rapidly after midnight. However, the Bill allows for an
exemption to be granted for the operational small bars specialising
in the sale of premium spirits. The definition of premium spirits
will be prescribed by regulation.
To clarify that the results of breath tests taken in accordance
with current police powers are admissible as evidence prosecutions
against a licensee.
To ensure that the Commissioner gives written notice of an
approved manager's suspension or cancellation to the licensee
who employs the approved manager. The Bill also includes amendments
intended to create a safer environment in and around licensed
To reinstate the ability for the requirements of a risk
assessment management plan to be specified under a regulation,
which was inadvertently removed by the previous government.
That Brisbane licensees need only enter information regarding
incidents into the Incident Register under the Liquor Act
if the incident is not recorded in the Crow Controller
To clarify that food additives or substances used as
ingredients in food preparation are not subject to the Act. This
exclusion of food additives only applies to those substances that
must be consumed as an option or increasing of another
In recognition that Queensland is home to a vibrant and growing
craft beer industry, amendments to the Liquor Act place
craft beet producers on an equal footing with wine producers by
allowing the sale of craft beer at promotion events such as food
and wine festivals.
It appears that a review of this Bill indicates that the
Queensland Government is committed to building a safer community
and a vibrant night-life by tackling alcohol fuelled violence. The
policies and reforms introduced in the Bill demonstrate that the
State Government is committed to reducing alcohol related violence
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